WhatsApp launches advertising campaign in India to fight spread of fake news

WhatsApp launches advertising campaign in India to fight spread of fake news

This week in social media news, Whatsapp warns users of suspicious links and Instagram continues its "Time Well Spent" mission statement with new features.

India is WhatsApp's largest market, with an estimated 200 million users sending a billion encrypted messages each day. If it detects a suspicious link, a user will then receive a warning in red color (as shown below) suggesting that the link is "suspicious". If WhatsApp detects anything suspicious, the message will be marked with a red label in order to indicate danger.

"Is Whatsapp Testing Suspicious Link Detection Feature To Curb Spam, Fake News?", 5 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. The tool is being tested in the app's Android beta build version 2.18.206 right now, so you might have to wait a while before it rolls over to the official build.

"This link contains unusual characters". Instagram has added a notification called "You're All Caught Up" that lets users know if they've seen everything posted within the last 48 hours.

We do wonder what exactly is WhatsApp's definition of a suspicious website though.


WhatsApp has a pretty extensive list of features, but the Facebook-owned company is always adding more.

Facebook also stands accused of failing to respond quickly enough to similar risks in Myanmar - where the United Nations recently warned that its platform was being weaponized to spread hate speech and used as a tool to fuel ethnic violence. And if you are accustomed to "receiving links" you surely have noticed that when your contact sends you a link, you get a preview of the page's contents. This will be done when WhatsApp suspects the link to be either a fake one with the objective of "phishing" or it is simply spam and should be ignored.

The false mesages circulating in India are making people violent.

Lastly, there is the feature where if you received a WhatsApp message, you can find out if it was sent by the sender or forwarded from someone else.

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